14/06/2010

YoungMinds Book Award Meadowhead School Reading Leader Reviewers

I used to work for a great organisation, YoungMinds, the children's mental health charity. I was with them when their Book Award got started. It was something I loved being involved with (especially as we discussed the books in the local pub).

I am really pleased to get back involved with the YoungMinds Book Award. I have just received a full set of books on this years long list. I will be taking these to Meadowhead School to be reviewed by the Reading Leaders there.

Any young person can get involved by reviewing a book, more details on the YoungMinds website. The 2010 long list is:
  • Dear Dylan, by Siobhan Curham (AuthorHouse)
  • Desperate Measures, by Laura Summers (Piccadilly)
  • Ember Fury, by Cathy Brett (Headline)
  • Ice Lolly, by Jean Ure (Harper Collins Children’s
    Books)
  • Inside, by J A Jarman (Andersen press)
  • Lottie Biggs is not desperate, by Hayley Long
    (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • No Way To Go, by Bernard Ashley, (Hachette)
  • Running on the cracks, by Julia Donaldson (Egmont)
  • Them and Us, by Bali Rai (Barrington Stoke)
  • The Truth about Leo, by David Yelland (Penguin)
  • When I was Joe, by Keren David (Frances Lincoln
    Children’s Books)
  • Zellah Green, by Vanessa Curtis (Egmont)
I am personally really pleased to see Them and Us by Bali Rai on the list because it is Barrington Stoke book, just like those I have been reviewing this year.

Barrington Stoke have been doing very well on the awards front recently. The Story of Matthew Buzzington by Andy Stanton has been shortlisted for both the Leeds Book Award and the Leicester Junior Book Award. And Night Hunger by Alan Gibbons was voted best Short Novel in the Hackney School Short Novels Awards.

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